There are a lot of different ways to choose a reception menu. Some brides and grooms opt for food that’s beautiful versus their actual favorite foods which are perhaps less fancy. Other couples try to please all of the guests with buffets or popular dishes or food that’s inoffensively bland. Still other soon-to-be-newlyweds go about choosing a reception menu using their wedding budgets as a guide.
There’s no one right or wrong way to choose a wedding reception menu, of course, though I will warn all the brides- and grooms-to-be out there that no matter how conscientious and inclusive you try to be when picking wedding food, someone is going to complain.
And if someone is going to complain anyway, why not lean toward a menu you’ll enjoy? Maybe even a menu that includes all sorts of yummy things that, for whatever reason, you don’t eat all that often! I absolutely love this photo of a Boston bride and groom in lobster bibs from Shang Chen Photography. Before I stopped eating meat, I couldn’t get enough lobster, but I can totally understand why some people might not relish the idea of cracking into some sweet, sweet tail in their formal clothes.
So wedding lobster? Maybe not the most popular choice from a guest’s point of view, but you know what? If you think lobster is just the best thing ever and it fits into your budget, do it. I know there are plenty of people who’ll disagree with me – I’ve actually read comments on another site from people angry that they had to eat Rice Krispies squares instead of cake at the wedding of a bride with celiac disease – but is it really fair to ask brides and grooms to serve something other than what they really want at their wedding receptions? I’d say no.
Even if the wedding reception menu a couple chooses is so weird, so out there that we can’t identify a single thing on it, why get peeved? It’s one night out of our lives, and we can always stop for a sub on the way home. Or wear a lobster bib. Or try something new.